Bose is known especially for its home consumer electronics, specifically its Wave Music Systems, which are meant to have the sound of large audio systems in a compact design. When digital radio technology was introduced, many manufacturers dove into the potential of the new market, including Bose. However, the company didn't invest in HD radio, which is what digital radio is known as in the United States. Instead, Bose manufactured a handful of its Wave systems with DAB tuners, which is Digital Audio Broadcasting, and DAB+, its more advanced successor. Its technology is mostly used in European countries.
So, you can get access to digital FM radio with a DAB receiver, if you're in the right country for it. And there are a couple of Bose Wave models that offer DAB tuners, which let you tune in to many more programs and stations than you could with an analog-only radio.
The Bose Wave Music System IV includes a CD player, AM and FM tuner and DAB tuner. The digital radio includes a large display that shows the text that accompanies programs broadcast over DAB stations. You can adjust the brightness of the screen, and it includes an auto-dimming feature that kicks on at night. There's also an auxiliary input for additional audio devices, and a headphone jack so you can listen to music without disturbing others.
You can get more from the Bose Wave Soundtouch Music System IV. It includes the same features as the Wave Music System IV, but it also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities so you can stream music from the internet or your phone. Both systems also include a remote control so you can change stations or inputs from across the room.
Neither of the Bose models can work as a portable digital radio, and Bose doesn't produce digital pocket radios. Digital radio enthusiasts who opt for a Bose system are going to pay more than U.S. buyers of the best digital radios – a Bose model costs several hundred pounds, at least.
American digital radio lovers don't have access to a Bose digital radio that can pick up the U.S. AM and FM HD radio transmissions, but Bose's main game is home audio, so don't rule the company out entirely.